Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

June, 2011

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Hunting Island State Park is "South Carolina’s single most popular state park, attracting more than a million human visitors a year." Among the non-human visitors are loggerhead turtles, painted buntings, alligators, pelicans, dolphins, deer, raccoons, and snakes. (No mentio

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On June 14, 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes of the national flag. We now celebrate June 14 as Flag Day.

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Summer Reading programs have been a staple of the public libraries for more than 100 years.

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As you may have heard or read by now, some branches of the Beaufort County Library are changing their hours of operation (Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head); some branches are not (Lobeco, St. Helena).

The BDC Research Room wasn't mentioned in any of the press releases. And a lot of our customers may assume that because we're in the same building as Beaufort Branch that their new schedule is our new schedule. Not so!

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Penn Center and Red Piano Too Art Gallery are showing the SCETV documentary “Uncommon Folk: Folk Artists of SC,” on June 4th, 2:00-4:00 pm in the York Bailey Museum. The screening is free and open to the general public.

The documentary features six folk artists, including Sam Doyle and Johnnie Simmons.

Simmons will demonstrate his Gullah Woodburning art at the screening. Call Penn Center for details: 838-2474.

May, 2011

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Union forces set Bluffton ablaze on June 4, 1863. The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society is commemorating this historic event with two programs, Saturday, June 4, 2011:

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Thomas Lowry, a long-time Lincoln researcher from Woodbridge, VA, confessed on January 12, 2011, to altering an Abraham Lincoln Presidential pardon that is part of the permanent records of the U.S. National Archives. He admitted that he changed the date on Civil War soldier Patrick Murphy’s pardon, written in Lincoln’s hand, from April 14, 1864, to April 14, 1865, the day John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. If the date were real, this would be one of the final acts of Lincoln as President. Lowry sneaked a fountain pen into the Research Room, altered the date, and thence used his "discovery" to enhance his reputation as a Lincoln scholar. 

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10 Ways Libraries Matter in a Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine was written by Greg Landgraff as an updated response to why libraries still matter - and will continue to matter - into the foreseeable future and beyond.

Of the 10 reasons given, (and they are all right on the money) the two that most directly relate to a special collection such as the BDC are:

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The Beaufort County Historical Society will celebrate their 72nd Annual Meeting May 19th at noon at the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Meridian Rd., Beaufort, SC.

Dr. Gerald Schwartz of Western Carolina University will discuss his book,A Woman Doctor's Civil War: Esther Hill Hawks' Diary 

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Staff is temporarily reduced to 1/2 our usual contingent from May 18th - May 25th.

Hourly employees must be given the opportunity to get a lunch break according to Federal Labor laws.

Therefore, the Beaufort District Collection Research Room must be closed during lunch, Noon to 1 pm to comply on these dates:

Wednesday, May 18th
Thursday, May 19th
Friday, May 20th
Monday, May 23rd
Tuesday, May 24th
Wednesday, May 25th

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The BDC @ The Branches local history series is bringing Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs by Jason Ryan to two branches of the Beaufort County Library system on Monday, May 16th.

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American Libraries magazine ran a story about the damage caused by the rash of tornadoes unleashed upon Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia and other southern states. Luckily, the Pratt City Historical Archives came through relatively unscathed.

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This post is drawn from the National Library Legislative Day webpages of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends & Foundations(ALTAFF) "Citizens for Libraries:" 

National Library Legislative Day began in 1976. 

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Although the Beaufort District Collection is not a genealogical collection per se, we know that many of our in-house customers spend their research time delving into family history. The National Genealogical Society's 33rd Family History Conference is nearby and it would be neglectful of me not to mention it. 

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Alice Connelly Moore
Inspired Words,
BDC@ Beaufort Branch
311 Scott Street, 1st Floor
Tomorrow, Thurs., May 5th 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm .
The program is free. Anyone interested in learning more about what it was like to grow up, rear a family, and run a small business in Beaufort is welcomed to attend.

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How something got its name is of constant interest to BDC customers. Most people just want me to "tell" them why Simmons Road is Simmons Road or why Broomfield Plantation is Broomfield Plantation.

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